The Interior Frugalista: August 2016

August 30, 2016

Rustic DIY Wedding Ideas On A Budget and some wedding photos!

For the last few weeks, I have been sharing Rustic DIY Wedding Ideas on a budget that we have made for our daughter's wedding this summer. The operative words for this wedding were Handmade, Rustic, and Budget Friendly.

A comment I received often throughout this series was "looking forward to seeing photos from the wedding". Well, friends that day is today!

You may want to grab a beverage because this post is heavy on the photos! But first I must apologize for the quality of some of the photos. I didn't pack my big girl camera nor did I have time to take pictures with my iPhone, so some of these photos I borrowed from guests.

DIY Rustic Wedding Ideas On A Budget


DIY Rustic Wedding Cupcake Stand

DIY Rustic Cupcake Stand

We made it 4-tiered so it could hold enough cupcakes for each guest to enjoy after dinner. Being quite large, it was made to be transportable and assembled on site at the reception hall because the wedding was a 9-hour drive from our home. The beautiful whipped vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet cupcakes were made by a sister of the groom and delicious too!

What we didn't take into account when building the stand was that the Bride and Groom are vertically challenged and had to go on their tip-toes to cut the cake! This photo of them cleaning each other's faces was taken after rubbing cake, blue velvet no less, into each other's faces. Too cute!



Here is a close up of the custom Carved Love Heart Birch Log Wedding Cake that went on the top tier of the cake stand.

The adorable custom Wedding Cake Topper was ordered from a Canadian Etsy Shop.

Carved Love Heart and Birch Log Wedding Cake

If you missed the post in the series of how we made the stand, you can catch it here at Rustic Wedding Cake and Cupcake Stand.

DIY Rustic Wooden Wedding Card Box

Some of the items used to create these projects may be unfamiliar to some of you. I've included affiliate links in this post so you can see what they are. Click HERE to read my disclosure policy.

DIY Rustic Card Box

The wedding card box was quite large and could hold between 80 - 100 cards. Now that the wedding is over, the lid was removed and the Bride and Groom are repurposing it into a garden caddy.

If you missed the post in the series where I shared how we made it, you can catch it here at DIY Rustic Wedding Card Caddy.

DIY Wooden Guest Book Tree

Wooden Guest Book Tree

Also on the guest table was a framed Wooden Tree with (*affiliate link) heart leaves, an alternative to a traditional guest book.

We didn't invent the wheel on this one as we were inspired by others found on Pinterest but we put our own spin on the idea. Now that it's signed by their guests, we put the plexiglass back on the front and the Bride and Groom plan on hanging it in their home.

I didn't write a post about this DIY because there just wasn't enough time in the day the weeks leading up to the wedding.

DIY Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Boxes with whitewashed trivets

Rustic Wooden Centerpiece Boxes

The wooden centerpiece boxes were built from wooden fence boards and so inexpensive to make but offered Wow factor on each table. They were placed on top of whitewashed wooden trivets for added impact. The cute table number card idea was also inspired from Pinterest and I made them in PicMonkey and printed them onto (*affiliate link) double sided matte photo paper.

You can catch the tutorials on how we made them here at Rustic Centerpiece Boxes and Rustic Wooden Centerpiece Trivets.

Also included are the adorable Bride and Groom Flower Pots that flanked the aisle at the wedding ceremony and later on the steps of the hall.

Wedding Candy Bar

Candy Bar

Next to the guest table were (*affiliate links) mini galvanized buckets purchased from the dollar store to create a fun Candy Bar for the young and old to enjoy. Each bucket was filled with assorted candy in the colors of the wedding.

We also rented a Popcorn Machine and Snow Cone Machine for during the dance. Sadly, I never got pictures of those.

DIY Wedding Guest Favors

Guest Favors

The guest favors included a (*affiliate link) mini glass vial with Lavender seeds, Lavender infused tea, and a homemade lavender infused sucker.

Wedding Guest Favors

The Lavender Infused Suckers were made by me and surprisingly turned out after my second attempt. I've never made hard candy before but the recipe I found at Garden Therapy was very easy to follow. I used (*affiliate link) Culinary Lavender Flower Buds and dipped each sucker into (*affiliate link) Lavender Infused Sugar.

Homemade Lavender infused Wedding Suckers


DIY Wedding Photo Booth

Photo Booth

This was a hit! Starting from the left is my son's girlfriend (who also caught the bridal bouquet - could that mean there is another wedding in our future), my son being his usual silly self, and Moi.

The idea was found yet again on Pinterest and it was so easy to make using a large sheet of corrugated plastic suspended from the ceiling with ribbon. The props I got from the dollar store and embellished them with things I had in my craft bin. I placed them all in a galvanized bucket on the floor beside the photo booth.

The Bride and Groom created a #hashtag for their wedding so pictures from the photo booth and beyond could be easily shared on either Facebook or Instagram.

The new Mr. and Mrs.

I couldn't end this post without a photo of the Bride and Groom or I know I wouldn't hear the end of it from you guys.



Our adorable 16-month old grandson, who had to forego his afternoon nap, decided if my Mom and Dad are getting married then I'm getting married with them!

I know you're going to ask to see the front of our daughter's dress so here is a picture of Mr. Frugalista walking her down the aisle. They had us all crying!


If you closely at the photo, you can see wet spots all over Mr. Frugalista's vest. No, he wasn't crying that hard but it rained moments before the ceremony. As our daughter walked down the aisle the skies parted and the sun came out for the rest of the day. Call it serendipitous but I say Angel's were among us that afternoon!

I hope you enjoyed my Rustic DIY Wedding Ideas on a budget. I hope that those of you who have upcoming nuptials or someone you love, that this series has inspired you in some way.

DIY Rustic Wedding Ideas

What was your favorite Wedding Décor item from the series and why? I'd love to hear about it.

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August 26, 2016

DIY Wedding Centerpiece Trivets and Bridal Couple Flower Pots

Hello, and welcome to the final edition of my DIY Rustic Wedding Décor Series. Today I'm sharing a couple more DIY wedding decor projects that we made for our daughter's wedding on August 6th. Rustic Wooden Centerpiece Trivets and adorable Bride and Groom Flower Pots.

But first I must apologize for the quality of some of the photos. The operative word for this wedding was DIY and knowing I would be very busy decorating and DIYing on site at each venue, too busy to take photos, I didn't pack my DSLR camera. Nor did I pull my iPhone out of my purse so some of these photos are "borrowed" from guests.

DIY Wedding Centerpiece Trivets and Bridal Couple Flower Pots


Lets start with the...

Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Trivets

We made these easy DIY Rustic Wooden Wedding Centerpiece Trivets from rough fence boards to add some inexpensive WOW factor on the tables of our daughter's wedding. Easy-to-follow instructions are shown.

They were made from rough fence boards ripped on the table saw at both 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 inches wide. All the boards were then cut to 20-inches long.

To give each board a rustic appearance, they were stained with Minwax Wood Finish in the color Dark Walnut and immediately wiped with a rag to achieve a stain wash rather than full coverage.

Rough fence boards cut to size and stained with Minwax Dark Walnut to make Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Trivets.

After the stain dried overnight I dry brushed each board with white chalk paint.

Wedding Centerpiece Trivets made from stained fence boards and whitewashed with chalk paint to add WOW factor on each table on a tight budget.

They were assembled like rustic Board and Batten Shutters using a brad nail gun. The middle board is 3 1/2 inches wide and the two outer boards are 2 1/2 inches wide for a total of 9-inches with the gaps and 20-inches long.

How we made rustic board and batten style wooden Wedding Centerpiece Trivets from cut fence boards that can be repurposed afterwards into fun signs or trays.

I really like how they looked on each table with the burlap runners.

DIY Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Trivets and handmade boxes add WOW factor inexpensively to each guest table.

...and especially with the DIY Rustic Centerpiece Boxes that we made.

How to create WOW factor on Wedding Guest Tables on a low budget by DIYing Rustic Centerpiece Boxes and Whitewashed Board and Batten Trivets.

Now that the wedding is over, I am going to repurpose the trivets into signs and sell them at an upcoming holiday market in November.

Step-by-step photos and easy-to-follow instructions on how to DIY Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Trivets.

DIY Bridal Couple Flower Pots

We also made a couple of adorable Bride and Groom Flower Pots for the ceremony, which later flanked the doors of the hall at the reception.

How to make adorable Bridal Gown and Groom Tuxedo Flower Pots that are sure to make guests smile at the wedding ceremony and later at the entrance of the reception hall.

I got the idea for the adorable Bride Flower Pot from Susan at Oh My Creative. I decided how cute would it be to add a Groom Flower Pot.

They were really quick and easy to make. Because the wedding was a 9-hour drive from our home, I used light weight plastic flower pots from Wal-Mart. I roughed them up with a sanding block first to give the paint some bite (not convinced this step was necessary).

How to transform large plastic plant pots into adorable Bride and Groom Flower Pots using black and white spray paint and Frog tape..

Using Rust-oleum Painter's Touch in the colors Primer White and Canyon Black I spray painted several coats on each respective pot. Once the paint was dry I connected two inverted pots to another pot of the same size using E6000 glue.

How To Make The Groom Flower Pot

How to make a fun Groom Tuxedo Flower Pot using black and white spray paint in an afternoon.

Before connecting the black flower pots together, make a reverse stencil by cutting out a bow tie, round buttons, and a lapel line with Frog Tape. Protect the black areas with newspaper taped to the inside and bottom of the pot. Spray paint the exposed area with Gloss White spray paint. Before the paint dries on the final coat of white paint, remove the frog tape. Voila, you have yourself a tuxedo!

How To Make The Bride Flower Pot

How to make a fun Bridal Gown Flower Pot using white spray paint, tulle, and decorative ribbon in an afternoon.

Cut a piece of white tulle double the diameter of the rim of the top flower pot. With a sewing machine or by hand, sew a basting stitch (longest stitch length setting) along the top of the tulle with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Carefully pull the threads on each end to make ruffles. Once the ruffled tulle is the same diameter as the middle of the two pots, tie the threads from each end together. Attach the tulle to the pot using a hot glue gun.

Remove wide white satin ribbon from its spool and fold in half to find the center point of the strand. Starting from the center of the ribbon and the center point of the front of the flower pot, glue the ribbon over the seam allowance and around the middle of the two pots with a hot glue gun. Repeat for the other side of the flower pot.

Again using a hot glue gun, attach a narrow decorative ribbon in the middle of the wide ribbon for an added touch. To dress up the front you could embellish the belt with a cluster of white fabric roses (which I intended to do and completely forgot).

Tie the wide ribbon in a bow and leave the tails trailing down the back of the dress (like pictured above). Cut the hem of the tulle dress using a pair of sharp scissors. Voila, you have yourself a bridal gown!

Adorable DIY Bride and Groom Flower Pots flanking the aisle of an outdoor wedding.

I think they were an adorable added touch flanking the aisle as guests made their way to their chairs.

It was pouring rain the morning of the wedding and still sprinkling as the Groom and Best Man made their way to the front of the aisle. Just before the beautiful Bride made her entrance the skies parted and the sun started to shine. It was a beautiful wedding and I can't wait to share some photos with you next Tuesday.

These Bride and Groom Flower Pots are easy to make in an afternoon using large plastic plant pots, spray paint, tulle and ribbon with an easy-to-follow tutorial included.

In the meantime, if you missed any of the wedding décor posts over the last three weeks you can catch up here starting with the DIY Rustic Wedding Card Caddy, DIY Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Boxes, and the DIY Rustic Tiered Wedding Cake and Cupcake Stand.

I will be including updated photos of each of them at the wedding reception next week so be sure to stay tuned.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so you can find the products I used for this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links, I will receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you. I only share products I used, ordered or that are on my wish list.

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August 24, 2016

Guest Feature on Tell Us Tuesday Series (The Painted Drawer)

Hello everyone, I apologize for being a day late for another edition of Frugal Decor Tuesday. Today, instead of sharing a thrift store find that I breathed new life into, I have a special treat that I am pretty excited about. A little peek into what makes me, the gal behind The Interior Frugalista tick!

Suzanne from The Painted Drawer featured me as a Guest Blogger in her new Tell Us Tuesday series. Each week Suzanne asks her featured guests a few questions ranging from the artistic to running a successful creative business. Her goal is that by hearing from such a diverse pool of creative people, those reading the series will take away interesting and different perspectives about everything from painting furniture for fun, working on their homes and creating their own style, or starting a blog or business for profit.


I've been following Suzanne for some time now and consider her a friend. She is a very talented Furniture Artist and her painting techniques are beautiful and inspiring. When she asked if she could interview me for her series, I was honored to be included amongst the talented bloggers she has featured thus far.

Here is a snippet of that interview...

Do you consider both writing your blog and working on a project to each be a creative process?  Which do you prefer?

Absolutely!  It is the reason being a DIY blogger is so appealing because I can exercise my love of writing and keep the creative juices flowing with my furniture and home decor pieces. I love them both equally and if I am spending too much time on one or the other, I feel off balanced.

To see the rest of the interview, I invite you to visit The Painted Drawer. Hopefully, not only will you learn a little more about me but will also walk away feeling encouraged and inspired to embrace your creative side.

While you are there, be sure to catch up on the series and meet the talented and much-admired bloggers interviewed so far.

I'll be back on Friday to share more DIY Rustic Wedding Décor from my daughter's wedding on August 6th. I'll be including some photos from the wedding venues. Until then...

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August 18, 2016

Backyard Fire Pit Subway Sign

At our house, we love spending cool Summer evenings and warm Fall nights snuggled in blankets around our firepit. A few years ago we replaced the dilapidated cinder blocks, left from the previous owner, with roman pavers. Enlarging the circle around the fire pit and adding wood benches makes spending time in this area of our yard much more enjoyable.

I love hanging metal art and wooden signs along the fence in our backyard but I had nothing suitable for hanging in our new fire pit area. That's when I decided to make my own Backyard Fire Pit Subway Sign from cedar fence boards. What I love most about this sign is that a) it cost me nothing and b) it has that rustic timeworn look.

Fire Pit Subway Sign In Backyard

How To Make a Backyard Fire Pit Subway Sign

Materials List

  • 2 cedar fence boards
  • 1/2-inch wood screws
  • Apple Cider or White Vinegar
  • #00000 steel wool
  • Black tea bags
  • Rubber gloves
  • Chip Paint Brush
  • Lidded glass jar or plastic container
  • Graphite or Carbon Paper
  • Craft paint in the colors White, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green 
  • Black Sharpie Marker or paint pen
  • 2 D-Ring Picture Hanging Hooks
  • Laser or Inkjet Printer
  • Graphite or Carbon Paper
  • Ballpoint pen
  • 80 or 120 grit sanding block

DIY Fire Pit Subway Sign Materials

Step 1: Building The Fire Pit Sign

  • I built this sign with slats (boards) and uprights (battens).
  • Cut a cedar fence board into four slats 19-inches wide.
  • Cut two pieces 2" x 29" (as pictured below)
  • Line Up the slats from top to bottom
  • Lay the uprights on both sides 
  • Secure the uprights to the boards with wood screws (as seen in picture below)  

DIY Fire Pit Subway Sign

Step 2: Aging New Wood

Vinegar and steel wool wood aging solution

How to make Aging Solution

  • Pour either apple cider or white vinegar into a lidded glass mason jar or plastic food container.
  • Submerge a piece (pad) of #00000-grade steel wool into the vinegar
  • Cover the container and let it sit overnight. The longer the solution brews the darker the stain.
Tip: You can quicken the process by leaving in the sun.

Staining with Tea

  • Brew a pot of dark tea using two tea bags. Let cool.
  • Using an inexpensive chip brush, paint the tea onto the wood and let dry.

Staining with Aging Solution

  • Wear rubber gloves or your hands will smell for days.
  • Rub the steel wool pad onto the boards and let dry.
  • Repeat this step until you have the aged patina you prefer.
This is what mine boards looked like after three coats (see picture below).

New wood to look aged for Fire Pit Subway Sign

Now the fun part...

Step 3: Adding the Subway Art

  • In PicMonkey I created a graphic. Press the image below for your FREE DOWNLOAD.
  • Enlarge the graphic to fit the wood sign. You can do this two ways, either upload it at Blockposter, resize the image, and print. Or you could save it onto a USB Stick and have it printed somewhere like Staples.
  • Lay the graphic onto the wood and tape in place.

  • Place a sheet of graphite or carbon paper underneath the graphic and simply trace over every element using a pen (see example below).

Transferring graphic onto wood fire pit sign

Step 4: Painting The Sign

Painting graphic onto wood fire pit subway sign

  • Using craft paint and artists brushes or paint pens, paint the graphic. Create shadow lines with a black Sharpie and/or white paint pen.
  • Once the paint is dry take an 80 or 120 grit sanding block and lightly rub over the entire sign to distress the graphics (as pictured below).

DIY Wooden Fire Pit Sign

Step 5: Installing picture hangers

  • Mount D-ring picture hangers on the top center of each upright.
  • Tip: Place the D-hook so the bottom rests against the upright. This stops the hook from flopping downward when you're trying to hang the sign.

D-Ring Picture Hooks installed on DIY Fire Pit Sign

Step 6: An easy way to hang the sign without the need of a measuring tape

  • Run a piece of masking tape across the back of the sign and over the D-hooks, ensuring it is nice and straight (as pictured below).
  • With a pen mark the very tip of each D-ring where the nail will rest (as pictured below).
  • Remove the masking tape and begin the next step.

Easy no measure way to hang signs with D-Rings
  • Place the masking tape on the wall (in my case the fence) where the sign will hang (as pictured below).
  • Use a level to make sure the tape is straight.
  • Hammer the nails or screws where the two dots are on the tape.
  • Remove the tape and voila, you're ready to hang your sign!


Hanging a sign using masking tape

I think this calls for a bonfire, S'mores and a bottle of wine this weekend.  

Backyard Fire Pit Subway Sign

Do you have a spot in your backyard for a Fire Pit Subway Sign? 

If you don't have a fire pit, you could create a Summer  or Fall themed Subway Sign. The possibilities are endless!

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August 16, 2016

DIY Rustic Wedding Cake and Cupcake Stand

Welcome to another wedding edition of Frugal Decor Tuesday! I know I keep promising but soon I will post action shots from the wedding. Until then here is a 4-Tiered Rustic Wedding Cake and Cupcake Stand that we made for our daughter's wedding.

DIY Four Tiered Wedding Cake and Cupcake Stand

DIY Rustic 4-Tiered Wedding Cupcake Stand


Pinterest has been our best friend in the planning stages of how to pull off a DIY Rustic Wedding and our inspiration for building this wooden cake/cupcake stand was no exception. There were several that caught our eye until we decided to build our own version of this cake stand.

Pine fence boards ripped on the table saw to size were used to build our version. The top layer was cut to create an 8-inch square, the second layer at 10-inches, third at 12-inches, and the base at 14-inches.

Precut boards stained and whitewashed for Rustic Wedding Cake Stand

After they were cut, each board received a wash of Dark Walnut stain followed by a whitewash of chalk paint. Food safety was not a concern as the Wedding Cake Topper was on a cake base board and the Whipped Frosting Cupcakes in liners.

Tiered Wooden Whitewashed Wedding Cake Cupcake Stand

PVC pipe cut 7-inches high and sprayed painted white were used to support each layer.  It's hard to see in the photo above but the PVC pipe was wrapped loosely with white tulle to pretty it up.

A threaded rod was screwed from the base to the top tier and the bolt countersinks so the cake would sit level on the board. This made the stand easier to transport because the wedding took place an 8-hour drive from where we live and could be reassembled at the venue. The PVC pipe shown above was simply slipped over the rod between each tier.

Threaded rod used to assemble Tiered Wedding Cake and Cupcake Stand

I cut some roses from my flower bed to pretty up the top for these photos but just wait until I share the amazing cake we ordered for the top tier and the rustic custom cake topper from Etsy is even cuter. But you'll have to wait for the action shots to see those.

Top layer of DIY Rustic Tiered Wedding Cake and Cupcake Stand

Imagine a wedding cake on the top tier and beautiful lavender whipped icing cupcakes on the rest of the layers.

Sprayed painted PVC pipe wrapped in tulle for Wedding Cupcake Stand

I can't wait to share how pretty this looked beside the head table!

Bottom layers of DIY Rustic Wooden Wedding Cupcake Stand

I am so thrilled with how this DIY 4-Tiered Wooden Wedding Cake/Cupcake Stand turned out. Hint: the cake stand plays well with the table centerpiece bases but you'll have to wait to see those in a few weeks!

DIY Rustic Wedding Cupcake and Cake Topper Stand

In case you missed the other DIY Wedding decor, here are links to the DIY Rustic Wedding Card Caddy, DIY Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Boxes, DIY Wedding Centerpiece Trivets and Bride & Groom Flower Pots.

I'll be posting updated photos of the cakes stand at the venue along with other wedding photos soon so be sure to check in.

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August 11, 2016

DIY Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Boxes

I am so excited to finally be able to share the DIY Wedding Decor from our daughter's wedding.  I'll be sharing action shots from both venues later in the month. Today I'm sharing the fabulous, if I do say so myself, Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Boxes we made for each table. 

DIY Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Boxes

DIY Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Boxes


My inspiration came from Pinterest and being that we were on a tight budget, we decided to build our own. If you press the link to the original source of our inspiration, they offer custom boxes for sale.

We made ours from pine fence boards and gave the wood an aged appearance with a wash of Dark Walnut Stain.

Pine fence boards cut and stained to make Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

They are 5 1/2-inches square and assembled without any fancy joint cuts with a brad nailer. The operative word here is Rustic.

Assembled wooden rustic wedding centerpiece boxes

In PicMonkey I created a graphic with a heart and the couple's initials. I printed them in reverse (mirror image) onto glossy paper using an Inkjet printer. With the back of a spoon, I rubbed the graphic onto the front and back of each box, giving them the appearance of someone etching a love heart into a tree.

Love Heart graphic transferred onto DIY Wooden Wedding Centerpiece Boxes

The original plan was to either burn the graphic using a woodburning tool or etch it into the wood. After the first attempt, I decided heck no was that happening - who has time for that two weeks before the wedding! Especially when you're making multiples.

Wooden DIY Rustic Wedding Centerpiece Boxes

After a trip to Michaels, a silk flower supplier, and Dollarama to find all the embellishments, it was time to get to work. The wedding flowers were white roses, purple and blue hydrangeas, and lavender with a peacock feather.  The predominant wedding fabrics were burlap, white tulle and lace.

Silk florals and DIY Wooden Boxes for Wedding Centerpieces

I was thrilled when we scored the silver table number holders for a whopping $5.00 a package of 10! Instead of using the table number cards that came with the holders (as pictured), I made custom table numbers with a photo of the bride and groom at the corresponding age of the table number. I'll share those another time.

DIY Wooden  Boxes filled with silk florals and burlap ribbon for Wedding Table Centerpieces

We also made whitewashed wooden trivets for each table for the boxes to sit on along with mini mason jars filled with river rocks and a battery operated tealight. I'll be sharing those another time too.

I'm not going to lie, making these from start to finish was a heck of a lot of work that took several days to complete. But the impact was stunning and I'm proud that we were able to create unique statement pieces for each table on a very tight budget!

In case you missed it, here are links to the DIY Rustic Wedding Card Box, DIY Rustic 4-Tiered Cake Stand, and DIY Wedding Centerpiece Trivets and Bride & Groom Flower Pots.

So what would be your preference, DIY these boxes or buy them custom made?

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